As winter sports are starting up, our fall sports end their seasons with hard-fought last games and matches. Girls volleyball advanced into the state finals but unfortunately ended their season there. Boys soccer ended their season in an intense regional final game against Northern, and cheerleading took third place in competition.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6p.m., all Charles County high school cheerleading squads competed to earn a spot at regionals. Each team had great routines with high intensity and awesome stunts. By the end of the competition it was obvious that it would come down to North Point, La Plata and McDonough.
“Before we went out on the mat I was so excited,” La Plata senior Allison Thall said. “All the girls couldn’t wait to show everyone what we could do.”
The fans were impressed by La Plata’s tumbling and precise builds, North Point had the crowd to their feet with their tight stunts and no mistakes, and McDonough really brought it with their fast and high-energy dance moves.
When it came to awards, the girls were very nervous, as they could not predict who would receive first and second place.
When McDonough was announced as winning second place, the crowd jumped to their feet in excitement, as they always fall short as advancing to regionals. North Point was awarded first place, which meant La Plata would not be moving onto the next round. The girls received third place, though everyone had great sportsmanship.
“I was very happy for McDonough and North Point,” La Plata senior Cassidy Johnson said. “I was a little bummed just because we worked so hard, but I am proud of my girls. We had a great season.”
Boys soccer played their last game on Tuesday, Nov. 5. It was the regional final game against Northern, and the boys knew going into it that it would be a tough game.“My nerves were high Tuesday night, as I didn’t want it to be my last game,” La Plata senior Steven Marsh said.
“I knew we had a chance, as we were the only team to score on Northern in the regular season.” Northern scored first in the first half, but it was not long after that Matt Morris tied the game one to one by the end of the first half. The game was pretty evenly matched, until the second half when La Plata let up three goals, ending the game 4-1. “I thought the boys put out great effort. We just fell short,” head coach Chris Butler said.
Volleyball was still continuing their season when winter sports started on Nov. 15. The girls could not be more excited when they won the state semifinals for the first time in four years and were finally moving onto states.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the state finals were held in College Park against Damascus High School. La Plata lost in the first three matches, ending their season as regional champs.
“It was a tough way to end our season, as we’ve played better, but I’m proud of my team and I have no regrets,” senior and team captain Maggie Lavery said. Lavery was not the only teammate to feel upset about of the end of their season.
“We weren’t expecting their defense to be that good. There is nothing to be ashamed of though,” senior Faith Laidley said. “We made it so far this season.”